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My grand daughter want's to come live with me and she is 16. How can I do that without it costing me lots of money?

Karnak, IL |

My name is Barbara Elliott. I live in Michigan and my grand children live in Illinois. Mygrand daughter is 16 and she wants to move with me. She don't want to be with her father. My daughter was a single parent and she was killed 4 years in May 30 2009. The only reason the father took them was for SSI off my dead daughter. The father isn't buying my grand children clothes and they coming down with lices for least 12 times. The father isn't take care of them properly. They are complaining about there is not enough food in the home. The father is not worry about the children, all he is worry about the SSI money. I want my grand children to be happy. My daughter took better care of her children when she was a live. What are my rights to get them out of there.

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This will be an Illinois case as the children reside in Illinois. The children are in the father's custody, so I don't think you have standing to seek custody under the Marriage and Divorce Act. You also have a very low probability of success under the guardianship statute. You would need to show the parent voluntarily relinquished custody and is unwilling or unable to care for the children or have him consent to the guardianship.

If he is neglecting or abusing the children, it may be possible to get DCFS involved, but only recommend this in extreme cases -- you never know what exactly a governmental agency will do. They could send the children to a different family member or an unrelated caretaker and the risk of this, even if unlikely, may not be worth it. Definitely consult an attorney and think long and hard before going down this path. There are a lot of possible unintended consequences.

You may have standing, however, to seek visitation with the children. Again, the burden of proof would be on you in such a proceeding.


This is a case that will need special handing. You need to convince him to perhaps take the kids for the summer. Then you may be able to get standing to go to court. It has to be handled very carefully so as not to get DCFS involved if at all possible. Contact a family law attorney and start making a plan. You will need to contact an Illinois attorney first. You can call the police in his town and have them check on the children. this is common.

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